"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

International Training Course "Prevention of Gender-Based Violence through Youth Work"


  • Center for European Initiatives, Ukraine;
  • Youth Association “DRONI”, Georgia.

Supported by: European Youth Foundation

Dates: December 20-25, 2009.

Place: Sumy, ukraine.

Participants: 20 youth from Ukraine and Geogia, aged 18-30 years.

The aim of the training course is to promote gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence by means of youth work in the countries participating in the project. 20 young people from Ukraine and Georgia took part in the training. Among them there were representatives of NGO, youth leaders and active youth.

During 5-day training course the youth got acquainted with the notion of “gender” and its place in society. Having analyzed gender restrictions in their own cultures, the participants came up to conclusion that in modern society when talking about gender restrictions, an integral role here takes cultural traditions, religion and history of each country.

Also, during the training course was explored the topic of gender violence, pointed out its nature and its types. All aspects were viewed in the light of the peculiarities of every country, analyzing the perception of the gender violence in Ukraine and Georgia.

Next logical stage of the training was a search of ways of this fact’s prevention in modern society. The participants got acquainted and analyzed existing international law instruments in human rights that are related to the gender-based violence. After having worked out international documents, the participants compared them with existing legislation in native countries. With that they came to conclusion that for prevention of gender-based violence in modern society a cooperation between all its components is necessary.

Separate day was dedicated to the development of their projects aimed at prevention of gender-based violence in the countries participating in the project. Among suggested projects were: youth exchanges, seminars, trainings, actions, etc. In the participants’ opinion an active cooperation between governmental sector, non-governmental organizations and mass-media can contribute to the prevention of the gender-based violence in modern society.

Beside of that fact that youth learned a lot of new information they exchanged their experience of work in the sphere of prevention of gender-based violence.